Tamara (Tammy) Kay Ragains, 60, of Kamiah was welcomed into God’s arms on Aug. 21, 2018, at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, surrounded by her family and friends.
She was the beloved wife of Terry Ragains, with whom she shared 27 years of marriage, and the loving mother of Danny, Lisa, and Breeana.
Tammy was born Oct. 14, 1957 to Jan Fallwell and the late Earl Bartron. She spent her young life in Nyssa, Ore. She eventually moved to Kamiah where she attended Kamiah High School. During school Tammy devoted all of her extra time to raising her nephew Ira whom she loved like her own child.
When Tammy formed a bond, it was lifelong. Tammy and her best friend Debbie Hightower were inseparable as children and into their adult lives. They shared a bond as best friends that is so rare that they couldn’t imagine life without the other, in fact they fought about who had to leave this earth first.
After high school, Tammy married Joe Schoening with whom she had two children, Lisa and Danny, her pride and joy. Though Joe and Tammy’s marriage ended, they remained friends and enjoyed sharing an active role in the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Tammy met the love of her life, Terry Ragains, in 1988 and they knew immediately that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They were married in their home in Kamiah on Feb. 23, 1991. To the marriage, Terry brought his daughter Breeana, their family was completed with their love and three children.
Tammy and Terry made their home and life in Kamiah. Tammy had a knack for taking care of people, not only did she raise her three children, she helped raise many kids who considered her a mom, aunt, or grandma. No one turned down a meal from Tammy, you ate what she cooked whether you were hungry or not. Everyone who knew Tammy knew what an amazing cook she was; her cinnamon rolls were renowned. Tammy always had a warm bed, a cold drink, and a huge hug for everyone. She never did understand the words “I’m full.” Her laughter, kindness, zeal for life, and cinnamon rolls brought everyone together.
Everything that Tammy had her hand in, she succeeded at. She ran Kamiah Properties as an accomplished realtor and broker; in addition to the real estate business, she and Terry owned and operated King’s Thrones and built a successful business together. You didn’t mess with Tammy when it came to business, and she’d be sure you knew that from the start! Through these businesses, Tammy met many people who became lifelong friends.
Tammy believed life was meant to be lived and she was always up for a little adventure. If there was an interesting detour, good food, great wine or interesting company to be found along the way, all the better. She loved spending time in Dixie, at the ocean, and in her garden. There was nothing more important to Tammy than her family, and she especially enjoyed doting on her cherished children and grandchildren. A devoted wife, loving mother and proud grandmother, she will always be remembered as the true heart of her family who kept everyone centered.
Tammy is preceded in death by her father, Earl Bartron and brother, David Fallwell.
Tammy is survived by her loving husband Terry Ragains of Kamiah; daughter Lisa Weddle (Dustan) of Kamiah; son Danny Schoening (Amber) of Kamiah; daughter Breeana Reiner (Mark) of Lewiston; mother Jan Fallwell (Mike) of Kamiah; sister Candy Bartron of Minnesota; sister-in-law Heather Falwell of Pierce; sister-in-law Vickie Jackson (Guy) of Upton, Wyo.; nephew Ira Lawless (Lori) of Palmer, Alaska; grandchildren Tanner, Connor, Teagan, Ashlyn, Gavin, Audrina and Nolan; her nieces and nephews Kaylee, Kylie, Austin, Nash and a large, loving extended family and dear friends.
Public viewing was held Aug. 25 with burial following at Kamiah Cemetery. Celebration of life was held at Kamiah High School.
In lieu of gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the memorial scholarship in Tammy’s name at Freedom Northwest Credit Union.
Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia assisted the family.